This is an interesting post, and I’m eager to hear what other people who have spent more time in the startup scene think of it. Here’s my thoughts:
1. I think I’ve seen the “two groups” that the post talks about, but I have begun to have serious doubts that they’re as fatalistic as they’re made out to be. For example:
The in-crowd live in the U.S, they attended MIT or Berkeley, they write well, have interesting blogs and are followed by 400 or more people on twitter.
You can’t change where you went to school, but you can improve your writing skills, start a blog, and get 400 followers on Twitter. In fact, this is trivial over a period of months. Writing good content is not only for the elite; it’s how you become one of the elite 😉
2. If you do a little research up front on the market for whatever you’re going to create, you might be able to just create one product rather than 400. It might be more difficult in the beginning, but you just might learn an incredible amount and turn out to be one of the most well-rounded sources of startup insight on HN. See patio11 / Bingo Card Creator for an example 🙂
3. My main concern would be sustainability; those 150 projects that make you $12k / month aren’t going to do so forever. You’ll run yourself ragged trying to keep them all together, and at some point, you’d probably be better off with a job. I guess what I’m saying is to try and pick a model that will scale more than $1/day projects will.
In spite of these criticisms, I did enjoy this article for its thought-provoking angle that’s very different from a lot of the stuff I read on HN.